This May, we’ve dedicated our programming to bad mothers and mouthy kids. Ask Me About My Mother is a midnite program of horror movies dedicated to cinema’s most brutal matriarchs; and to offset that, we have a more cheerful, kid-friendly offering with Cheeky Monkeys, a run of British family films from the 1970’s.


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May Day Double Feature: The Wicker Man (1973/2006, Robin Hardy/Neil LaBute)
Thursday, May 1; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
To celebrate the coming of Spring this May Day we’re pairing two movies that don’t have too much in common: Robin Hardy’s atmospheric and creepy The Wicker Man, and Neil LaBute’s famously… uh, different 2006 remake, starring Nic Cage at his bug-eyed screamiest. Come for Christopher Lee’s elegant hairdo, stay for women getting punched in the face.

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Nitehawk Nasties: Pieces (1982, Juan Piquer Simon)
Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3; Midnite | Buy Tickets
The 1982 exploitation flick Pieces boasts my all time favorite horror movie tagline: “It’s exactly what you think it is.” Derivative, sleazy and ruthlessly violent, Pieces has everything you could ever want from a cheap-o slasher flick and delivers it by the bucket-load. Sure, it’s sadistic and gross; but it’s more fun than anything, and it’s essential viewing with a large crowd.

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Country Brunchin’: Three Amigos (1986, John Landis)
Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4; Brunch | Buy Tickets
We’ve cooked up just about the best Cinco De Mayo shindig you can imagine this year, with a special Country Brunchin’ presentation of John Landis’s Three Amigos featuring a live pre-show performance by New York’s only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor De Toloache.

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Labyrinth (1986, Jim Henson)
Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Last time we played Labyrinth it sold out in the blink of an eye, so we decided to bring it back to satisfy all of the people clawing at our door for more. Claw no more, my friends! If you miss it this time you only have yourself to blame.

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The Deuce: Deadly Friend (1986, Wes Craven)
Thursday, May 8; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Building a helper robot can land you in a lot of trouble. On the one hand, they’re good companions and they’re great at pulling pranks, on the other hand they can possess your girlfriend and make her kill all of your neighbors.

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Ask Me About My Mother: Mothers Day (1980, Charles Kaufman)
Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10; Midnite | Buy Tickets
We’re celebrating Mother’s Day all month with a series films centered on cinema’s most murderous mammies. We’re starting off with Troma gem Mother’s Day, about a backwoods woman who urges her to boys to go out and make her proud by stabbing, slashing and brutalizing anybody that wanders near their camp.

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Music Driven: 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992, David Markey)
Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10; Midnite | Buy Tickets
For our May Music Driven, Nitehawk and Noisey present 1991: The Year Punk Broke, David Markey’s documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991.

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Cheeky Monkeys: The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Together Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made some of the most visually rich films of all time, co-directing heavyweights like The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes. We’re screening the duo’s last collaboration, The Boy Who Turned Yellow, to kick off our Lil’ Hawk friendly series Cheeky Monkeys.

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Beaches (1988, Garry Marshall)
Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11; Brunch | Buy Tickets
DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU’RE MY HEEEERoooooooooo. YOU’RE EVERYTHING I… uh. Line?

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Art Seen: Head and Hands & La Ricotta (2013/1962, Aida Ruilova/Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Tuesday, May 13; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
ART SEEN presents a screening of Aïda Ruilova’s Head and Hands along with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s short film, La Riccota. Ruilova’s newest film, Head and Hands: My Black Angel, centers around a conversation regarding director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s life and the last days before his early death.

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Ask Me About My Mother: Friday the 13th (1980, Sean Cunningham)
Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17; Midnite | Buy Tickets
It doesn’t take much to launch a legend. If a pair of horny counselors had just done their job and watched a little boy swim instead of sneaking away to screw, it could have saved the lives of 158 people. Remember that the next time you abandon a child so you can sneak off to have sex.

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Art Seen: The Great Flood (2013, Bill Morrison)
Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18; Brunch | Buy Tickets
The Great Flood is based on, and inspired by, the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer/guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

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Cheeky Monkeys: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971, Robert Stevenson)
Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18; Xpm | Buy Tickets
An apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury!), three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain during World War II.

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Film Feasts: Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001, Alfonso Cuarón)
Wednesday, May 21; 7:15pm | Buy Tickets
Film Feast heads south of the border this month with Alfonso Cuarón’s steamy road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien, which we’re pairing with a four course Mexican feast along with a flight of fancy tequila from Tequila Ocho. After that, we’ve got a really nice beach to show you somewhere in Mexico, just, uh… get in the car, let’s go.

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Ask Me About My Mother: Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Friday, May 23 & Saturday, May 24; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Here’s another anecdote about my mother: in 1960, my grandmother took my five-year-old mother and her two siblings to see a little movie called Psycho. Apparently, my grandmother didn’t know what the word “psycho” meant, and the kids spent the entire movie huddled beneath the theater seats. This was a formative moment for my mother, which is why you should bring your young children to see Psycho at midnite.

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Cheeky Monkeys: The Phantom Tollbooth (1970, Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan)
Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25; Brunch | Buy Tickets
In my day, the only chance I got to see a movie like The Phantom Tollbooth was at end-of-year class parties; now kids can go to movie theaters and drink prosecco. Wait, no, orange juice. Sprite? I don’t have kids.

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Spoons, Toons and Booze
Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25; Brunch  | Buy Tickets
Sex, drugs and alcohol aren’t something you see in your average Saturday morning cartoon show, but sometimes animators try to pull a fast one, which how you end up with banned cartoons. This month, Spooze invites everyone to enjoy a selection of banned toons along with a bunch (A bunch.) of cereal and cocktails.

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Vice News Presents: Journalists in Film: Medium Cool (1969, Haskell Wexler)
Tuesday, May 27; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
The VICE News Presents: Journalists in Film series launches with Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL, a film about a television news reporter who becomes involved with the political power of imagery during the violence of the late 1960s.

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Ask Me About My Mother: The Baby (1973, Ted Post)
Friday, May 30 & Saturday, May 31; Midnite | Buy Tickets
If you think Norman Bates has a tough mother to deal with, wait until you get a load of what Baby has to endure. The Baby is a bonkers motion picture, it manage to be one of the most disturbing exploitation movies we’ve ever seen, and it does so with barely any bloodshed. It’s guaranteed to make you squirm.

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Cheeky Monkeys: Oliver! (1968, Carol Reed)
Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1; Brunch | Buy Tickets
We’re closing out Cheeky Monkeys with the cheekiest of monkies, the more gruel demanding orphan Oliver Twist. Oliver has it kind of rough, he starts off in the world’s worst orphanage, then he’s sent to work in a funeral home and then he ruts around the streets of London with a pickpocket and a murderer. All told, it’s pretty jolly, and it raked in 8 Oscars in 1968. It’s still the only G-rated movie ever to win Best Picture. Next year, the award went to Midnite Cowboy. You see that? That’s what we call a turning point.

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Live+Sound+Cinema: Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Wake up with Black Lodge, the Brooklyn based drone band who will be scoring Fritz Lang’s seminal silent sci-fi classic Metropolis live in the theater.